Student Who Hasn’t Shaved Her Legs For Four Months Speaks Out Against Online Abuse

Alfie PowellAlfie Powell in News, World
Published 04.04.19
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A few weeks ago, I wrote this…

Call me old fashioned, but the idea of someone receiving death threats for a body choice – and not an obnoxious one like not washing – that literally doesn’t harm anyone is absolutely reprehensible.

Even if it was an obnoxious one, that’s literally insane. Who in the world is so self-important that they feel personally offended if someone else’s looks aren’t to their liking?

Well it’s happened again, as a woman who decided to not shave her legs started getting abuse online… for her legs… that are hers.

Here are the legs in question…

Hairy. The offensive thing there is the hole in her sock. That’s it.

Ana Calatayud Perez-Manglano, 24, posted the video online, explaining herself by saying that she stopped shaving her legs in November because she was lazy. She went on to say that she’d shave them again when she felt like it.

However the Valencia-native was bombarded with a plethora of sexist and rude responses, with the general vibe being “ugh god. I wouldn’t sleep with you!”

Some of the responses included, “you haven’t had sex in a long time” or “I would break up with my girlfriend if she looked like this,” and naturally, they got worse.

Ana explained:

I was just lazy and didn’t want to shave – I don’t have any complex, I don’t really care what people say.

“I am not ashamed of having hairy legs – women are like this, hairy, and we choose to shave or not if we don’t want to.

“It has nothing to do with feminism or trying to make a point – I just didn’t want to.

“I am tired of having to shave because I’m obliged to by society, and I won’t do so until I feel like it.

“Since stopping in November I haven’t shaved to this day and I don’t know when I will.”

More comments berated Ana’s choice, saying “horrible and disgusting” as well as “if you don’t want to have sex, just say it”.

She added:

I am single right now, but I have never had a problem with my ex-boyfriends – no man has ever made me shave my legs because they thought I was dirty or gross.

“The worst comment I’ve received was from someone who told me I suffered from depression and I had low self-esteem because I stopped shaving.

“I can’t believe I was diagnosed by a random person on the internet – it’s unbelievable.

“I told him I suppose it would be the same for him and his beard.

“I have to say there were a lot of people who messaged me to say ‘thank you’ or just to support me and that’s what I am going to keep from all this.

There are no words.

I don’t understand these people. Do they get angry every time they walk past someone they don’t fancy? What must life be like for them, getting personally offended about someone’s body to the point where they have to tell them “you don’t do it for me.”


Images via Caters New Agency/ Instagram

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